March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Press release from Redwoods Rural Health Center:

Redwoods Rural Health center logoTop 5 Reasons to get your colorectal cancer screening today: 

  1. The rate of colorectal cancer in people younger than 50 has doubled since the 1990s. 
  2. Polyps or early colorectal cancers often have no signs or symptoms. Screening is the only way to find out.  
  3. Screening helps find polyps early, so they can be removed before turning into cancer.   
  4. Screening also helps find cancers early when the treatment works best. In fact, when caught in its earliest stages, colorectal cancer is 90% curable!   
  5. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you are at an increased risk.    

There are simple, affordable, even free screening options, including tests that can be done at home. Most insurance plans cover the preventive screening under the Affordable Care Act.   

If you’re age 45 or older, it’s time for that screening. Call your Provider now. If you’re a Redwoods Rural Health Center patient, call 707-923-2783 and we will mail you a simple test kit to do at home – no office visit required!   

For more information on colorectal cancer, please visit Colorectal Cancer – Prevent Cancer Foundation or












¿Crees que eres demasiado joven para tener este problema? 
Estas son las 5 razones principales para hacerse la prueba de detección de cáncer colorrectal hoy: 
1. La tasa de cáncer colorrectal en personas menores de 50 años se ha duplicado desde la década de 1990. 
2. Los pólipos o los cánceres colorrectales tempranos a menudo no presentan signos ni síntomas. La detección es la única forma de averiguarlo. 
3. Las pruebas de detección ayudan a encontrar pólipos en forma temprana, para que puedan extirparse antes de que se conviertan en cáncer. 
4. Las pruebas de detección también ayudan a encontrar cánceres en forma temprana. Es en la etapa temprana cuando el tratamiento funciona mejor. De hecho, cuando se detecta en sus primeras etapas, ¡el cáncer colorrectal es curable en un 90 %! 
5. Si tiene antecedentes familiares de cáncer colorrectal, su riesgo es mayor. 
Existen opciones de detección sencillas, de bajo costo o incluso gratuitas, incluidas pruebas que se pueden realizar en casa. La mayoría de los planes de seguro cubren la evaluación preventiva según la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio. 
Si tiene 45 años o más, es hora de hacerse esa prueba. Llame a su proveedor ahora. Si es paciente de Redwoods Rural Health Center, llame al 707-923-2783 y le enviaremos por correo un kit de prueba simple para que lo haga en casa, ¡no se requiere una visita al consultorio. 







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1 year ago

Went in to get tested 3-01-23 results came back positive for colon cancer, no other red flags or other cancers. Surgery on 3-24-23 to rid the cancer and start a new chapter
The testing was easy first a blood test plus stool sample. Sample came back positive for blood in stool (not visible to the eye) then a ct scan of the area. Came back pos. For a 5cm mass 1.5 cm thick. Biopsy came back pos. For cancer.
Never really had any problems or symptoms. Started having side cramps, saw a chiropractor for two months with no effect. Went to see my primary.
If caught early enough you can go on to live a long and normal life. Please get checked early.

1 year ago
Reply to  gazoo

Sorry to learn about your colon cancer. I wish you the very best outcome possible. I hope people that read your comment will head to their doctor to be checked. I pray every day that we will find a cure for this disease.

Fireman Fred
Fireman Fred
1 year ago

Having a Colonoscopy periodically isn’t my idea of fun, but it can and will save your life and that’s what counts.